Traded my '97 Wide Glide for a '55 Pan last night...

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hobo
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Traded my '97 Wide Glide for a '55 Pan last night...

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Post by hobo » Fri Jul 17, 2009 2:22 pm

Hey all,

I'm a member of a few other forums, but stumbled across this one only this week as I contemplated trading a '97 Wide Glide that I had in the garage for a '55 Pan. The guy who had this Pan ‘thought’ he wanted a Panhead because they’re very cool, but he couldn’t get it running and there’s a lot of maintenance on a bike like this. He decided looking cool in his garage wasn’t what he wanted, so something more reliable and maintenance-free was in order. I told him I would take his Pan and $500 for my dented/scratched Wide Glide – And we sealed the deal. The motor on the Pan is probably worth more than my entire Wide Glide. And, as for it not running, it took my ten minutes to research the old Linkert carbs via Google last night, went into the garage and made the changes, and it fired up on the fourth kick…

This appears to be the forum where the Pan talent is, so I would appreciate any comments/feedback people want to give. I have wrenched on a number of Shovels, and am currently working on an '80 FLH, but this is my first Pan and I'm pretty stoked about it.

Nice to meet everyone...

Hobo
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Re: Traded my '97 Wide Glide for a '55 Pan last night...

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Post by steve_wood » Fri Jul 17, 2009 2:57 pm

Hob:

Welcome to the forum!

Sounds like you made a great deal. Ironically, I'll bet you the other guy is happy too so everybody wins!

There are many, many very smart people in this forum who are always willing to help. Don't be shy.

One of the first things you'll want to check is vacuum leaks in or around the intake manifold. This can cause lots of damage to your precious heads. Look in the knowledge base for dicussions. The member mkbeam sells a wonderfull kit for this work. Good price too.

Best of luck and keep in touch.

steve

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Re: Traded my '97 Wide Glide for a '55 Pan last night...

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Post by steve_wood » Fri Jul 17, 2009 3:00 pm

Correction:

The vacuum test kit is available from "mbskeam"

sorry Mike.

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Post by doug_heisel » Fri Jul 17, 2009 3:16 pm

Welcome to the site and the forum these guys are great very knowledgeable and very willing to share their knowledge and experience.

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Post by NightShift » Fri Jul 17, 2009 3:26 pm

VACUUM test?

No wonder my cork keeps popping out.

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Re: Traded my '97 Wide Glide for a '55 Pan last night...

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Post by FlatHeadSix » Sat Jul 18, 2009 5:32 am

NightShift,

Speaking of corks, make sure the boss brings the big jar-O-corks to Davenport next month, I need a couple.

mike

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Post by boxtriker » Sat Jul 18, 2009 8:26 am

Hi
and welcome
I to have wrenched on a number of Shovels in my time as well. but now have my first Pan after a 1997 DYNA. that i just was not happy to ride around on. am a bit of a chopper man but could not cut up a pan but as mine is chopped already it's fair game. can we have some close up pic's of her :D pan motors just get me all wet in the pants looking at them.

BOXTRIKER

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Post by Torqueman » Sun Jul 19, 2009 12:29 pm

Good to see that You made it over to this site, and did the deal !
Saw Your pics on the Shovelhead Forum.

BC.

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Re: Traded my '97 Wide Glide for a '55 Pan last night...

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Post by Cotten » Sun Jul 19, 2009 4:52 pm

FlatHeadSix wrote:NightShift,

Speaking of corks, make sure the boss brings the big jar-O-corks to Davenport next month, I need a couple.

mike
Mike!
I'v got a Ball jar of James viton o-rings ready too.

....Cotten

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Post by NightShift » Sun Jul 19, 2009 11:14 pm

[quote="CottenI'v got a Ball jar of James viton o-rings ready too.

....Cotten[/quote]

Sounds kinky. Wish I could go.

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Re: Traded my '97 Wide Glide for a '55 Pan last night...

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Post by hobo » Mon Jul 20, 2009 7:18 pm

Torqueman wrote:Good to see that You made it over to this site, and did the deal !
Saw Your pics on the Shovelhead Forum.

BC.
Thanks BC - You guys were a big help and I appreciate it. After a solid night in the garage the next day, I've had the Linkert apart and together a couple of times and I'm considering Cotton's leak test and maybe even converting to a CV for riding around here.

Hobo

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